Unconferences: Unique and Unbound

Back in the early 1970’s when I was just a wee lad, I was smitten with television commercials for a certain product billed as the “uncola.” Of course, calling it the “uncola” was excellent marketing and a great product differentiation hook. When you’re trying to market to people (1970’s teenagers) who are generally free-thinking, inquisitive […]

We Talked and Talked About Personal Digital Archiving

The following is a guest post by Erin Engle, Digital Archivist, NDIIPP. A man wanted to migrate his dissertation from punch cards. A young girl held a floppy disk for the first time and expressed wonder that it had anything to do with digital information. A woman–the family archivist–wanted to pass her digital collection to […]

Simple, Weak, Scalable and Open: Concepts to Live by in Developing New Solutions

The 2011 Annual Summer Meeting of DataCite, brought data lovers from several nations to Berkeley, CA, recently. A celebration of access and preservation ensued, with communal sharing of case studies, best practices and ideas for future work. DataCite is an organization with members from national libraries and other organizations from around the world that are […]

Personal Digital Archiving at the National Book Festival, Sept. 24 and Sept. 25

The following is a guest post by Erin Engle, Digital Archivist, NDIIPP. Like many here at the Library, we’re busy preparing for the 2011 National Book Festival on the mall in Washington, DC.  The festival will take place Saturday, Sept. 24 and Sunday, Sept. 25. The festival now runs over two days and includes more […]

Ninety Four Organizations and Counting….

Anyone who is following our program, and our blog, is by now familiar with the National Digital Stewardship Alliance, our partnership initiative that was launched a little over a year ago.  The members of the NDSA all share a common purpose, contributing to a collaborative effort to preserve access to our national digital heritage. Since […]

Toward a Library of Virtual Machines: Insights interview with Vasanth Bala and Mahadev Satyanarayanan

The following is a guest post by Trevor Owens, Digital Archivist with the Office of Strategic Initiatives. We are excited to continue our Insights series of interviews, featuring conversations between National Digital Stewardship Alliance Innovation working group members and individuals working on projects related to preservation, access and stewardship of digital information. In this installment, Jane […]

Those 1’s and 0’s are Heavier than You Think!

The following is a guest post by Laura Graham, a Digital Media Project Coordinator at the Library of Congress. Bit preservation activities for the Web Archiving team include acquiring content, copying it to multiple storage systems, verifying it, and maintaining information current about the content.  But even these minimal steps, which do not include managing […]

Family History and Digital Preservation, part 2

In part 1 of this article, I wrote that relational databases are the engines that drive digital genealogy. Databases make it possible to quickly search through enormous quantities of records, find the person you’re looking for and discover related people and events. And when institutions collaborate and share databases, statistical information becomes enriched. For example, […]

Library of Congress To Launch New Corps of Digital Preservation Trainers

The following is a guest post from Ellen O’Donnell, Senior Technical Writer, on assignment to the Office of Strategic Initiatives from the National Institutes of Health. The Digital Preservation Outreach and Education program at the Library of Congress will hold its first national train-the-trainer workshop on September 20-23, 2011, in Washington, DC. The DPOE Baseline […]